Chris Christie Accused of Lying About Bridge Scandal by Lawyer for Former Port Authority Official Who Demands Agency Cover His Legal Costs

not overscreencapChris Christie was accused of lying about what he did and didn’t know about the politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in a letter (pdf) from the attorney for David Wildstein, the former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official, and childhood friend of Christie’s, at the center of the scandal. Wildstein resigned from his position when e-mails from Christie aides to him were revealed that showed the lane closures were retribution for the Democrat Fort Lee mayor’s refusal to endorse the Republican Christie. Earlier this month, CNN reported that the position Wildstein held, “director of Interstate Capital Projects” was created specifically for the Christie crony friend. Wildstein plead the Fifth in a hearing at the state legislature about the scandal.

The attorney’s letter, addressed to the Port Authority’s general counsel, firstly asks that the Port Authority reconsider its decision not to pay for Wildstein’s legal defense costs. According to the letter, the Port Authority had previously explained it was “apparent” Wildstein wasn’t entitled to indemnification. The lawyer then cited unspecified “reports” of improper land deals involving Christie allies and the Port Authority, before moving on to a similarly vague claim that Christie lied:

It has also come to light that a person within the Christie administration communicated the Christie administration's order that certain lanes on the George Washington Bridge were to be closed, and evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference he gave immediately before Mr. Wildstein was scheduled to appear before the Transportation Committee. Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the Governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some.

There’s little actually new here. The involvement of people within the Christie administration in relaying an order to close lanes is the “it” of the scandal. The actual accusation is broad, and vague. Christie must have known about the lane closures as they were happening, after all, as it was a huge local news story even before it was a national political scandal. Coupled with Wildstein’s attorney’s “demand” that ongoing, and future, legal costs be covered by the Port Authority, the accusation of lyting appears self-serving.

Nevertheless,  many columnists declared in their opinion on the issue that if Christie knew about the political retribution the lane closures were meant to be, it would be the end of his career. They’re probably right, but that’s probably not what Wildstein’s attorney has evidence of. We’ll have to wait and see until it’s no longer being used as leverage to get money out of the Port Authority. New Jersey's taxpayers, it should be noted, are paying $650 an hour for the legal defense of the governor's aides.

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  • R C Dean||

    Wildstein plead the Fifth in a hearing at the state legislature about the scandal.

    Interesting. That an attorney with inside information thinks crimes may have been committed.

    Suddenly, I'm in the mood for barbecued pork.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Mmmmmm... Toast.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Stick a fork in him, he's done.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    I don't mean to hog all the jokes.

  • ||

    Swine with me, pig boy is just bacon for mockery.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    All that means is that he fears prosecution, which may have little to do with whether crimes were committed.

  • prolefeed||

    Wildstein plead the Fifth ... an attorney with inside information thinks crimes may have been committed.

    Asserting your Fifth Amendment right to not talk to government agents is not evidence of crimes being committed. Are you saying that if the police pull you over and you refuse to talk to them, that you are indicating that you may have committed a crime?

  • fish_remote||

    Hahahahahahahaha....hahahahahahahahahahah .........deep cleansing breath.......HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH .....AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

    Oh fabulous!

    (Fucking 50 letter limit stifling commenting creativity!)

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    On the plus side, at least now we know Christie is on top of things in his office.

  • Acosmist||

    Hopefully very sturdy things

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Like his ex-brother-in-law. Wait that's Rob Ford! Hard to keep all the corrupt fatties straight, idn't it?

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Ford's not corrupt, just an addict. In fact, he's a solid fiscal conservative.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Ford's not corrupt, just an addict. In fact, he's a solid fiscal conservative.

  • MasterDarque||

    This sounds like a job for a New Jersey cop to handle...first they could stop him based on nothing more than a whim then shoot him dead for "resisting"

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Take pity on a poor fool like me, but am I to understand that a bridge, that may or may not have been jammed for political retribution, is the end of Chris Christie's career (not that I would be sorry to see him go), but Hillary Clinton gets people killed who might embarrass the Clinton machine (Vince Foster, Mary Mahoney, Ron Brown) but she's the Team BLUE frontrunner.

    And don't you dare talk about her enemies' list or WAR ON WIMMINZ.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Yes. That is exactly what you are to understand. If Christie is not able to punish his political enemies and escape unscathed, he clearly is not to be allowed to enter into the society of Top. Men.

  • Tony||

    It is completely astounding how long rightwing conspiracy theories, even ones that originated in a fucking forwarded email, can survive. Has the Obama as plagiarist thing caught on yet? Can't wait to be hearing that for the next 20 years.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Has the Obama as plagiarist thing caught on yet?

    Wrong, as always Tony w/o spaces. Biden is the plagiarist. Obama is the liar.

    Since it is a conspiracy theory, feel free to explain why the so-called "botched robbery" that killed Mary Mahoney left about $4000 untouched in the store (keep in mind that the same robber who forgot to get the money was also charged with running a racketeering/murder enterprise). A hardened killer/racketeer wouldn't have left that much loot behind after ventilating three people.

  • Tony||

    Read the fucking link.

  • Agammamon||

    no

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Read the fucking link.

    Nothing better to say? No answer for why Cooper recanted his confession? A confession which was extracted after 54 hours of interrogation? A .38 makes a pretty loud pop and Georgetown is not Lincoln Heights. Someone hears multiple gunshots, they are more likely to call the police. Mahoney was shot five times. So why were the bodies not found until the next morning?

  • Tony||

    Cuckoo. Cuckoo.

  • Number 2||

    Hey, if we like our Obama as plagiarist thing, we can keep it! Obama said so himself, and he'd never lie about anything, would he?

  • prolefeed||

    It is completely astounding how long rightwing conspiracy theories, even ones that originated in a fucking forwarded email, can survive. Has the Obama as plagiarist thing caught on yet? Can't wait to be hearing that for the next 20 years.

    A whole lot of people wound up dead. The Clintons have not be charged with anything in any of these deaths. I personally would be really really worried about my health if I found myself in possession of incriminating stuff about either of them. Would you feel safe?

  • Tony||

    .......

  • ||

    So he's got one year to redeem himself. He better hope a plague or a tsunami wipes out Atlantic City or something so he can have another natural disaster to handle.

  • ||

    How would wiping out AC be a disaster?

    It's such a shame what AC has become. It's a depressing, pitiful shell of what it used to be in the old days. Going there is almost painful.

    For a really depressing movie about this, try Atlantic City with Burt Lancaster.

  • Winston||

    What's really depressing is that Convention City hasn't been found.

  • VinnyG||

    I think the verb you were after is "exploit", not "handle"...

    So he's got one year to redeem himself. He better hope a plague or a tsunami wipes out Atlantic City or something so he can have another natural disaster to handle.

  • bassjoe||

    Christie must have known about the lane closures as they were happening, after all, as it was a huge local news story even before it was a national political scandal.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Christie deny knowing anything about the lane closures, period, even as they were happening?

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    I seriously doubt any governor knows the reason for every lane closure that occurs in his state.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    if Christie knew about the political retribution the lane closures were meant to be, it would be the end of his career.

    The double standard is appalling of course, as BO closed everything that didn't move during the shutdown in an obvious act of punishment.

  • RishJoMo||

    lol, the only thing Christie cares about is where the next platter of cheeseburgers is coming from!

    www.AnonStuffz.tk

  • RishJoMo||

    I can hear Christie now, The Hamburgers made him do it lol.

    www.Anon-VPN.com

  • VinnyG||

    I would submit that it is equally likely that Zegas was purposefully vague in his letter with the express intent to leave negotiating room with the Christie people and/or potential prosecutors of Wildstein's transgressions as because he actually doesn't have anything more specifically incriminating of Christie. It is hilariously amusing to see these despicable leeches savaging each other. It is also pretty much a foregone conclusion that Fat Nixon's presidential aspirations are circling the bowl, and good fucking riddance. The sad reality is that there is no end to the supply of asshole wannabe tyrants with that ambition, and one of them will be elected in 2016...

    -VG

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